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Dr Bruno De Nicola

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PositionLecturer in the History of the Middle East
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Email b.denicola (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Bruno De Nicola

Introduction

Bruno De Nicola is a cultural historian of the Middle East. His research interests include medieval and early modern history of Iran, Central Asia and Anatolia with a special emphasis on the history of the Mongol Empire, Persian historiography and Islamic manuscripts. His doctoral research explores the role of women in the Mongol Empire, by looking at the transformation of women’s social, political and economic status as the Mongols expanded westwards in the thirteenth century. The results of this research have been recently published as a monograph entitled Women in Mongol Iran: The Khātūns, 1206-1335 (Edinburgh University Press, 2017).  

After concluding his PhD, he broadened his area of research to develop an interest in the application of Digital Humanities to the study of Islamic manuscripts, and became Project Curator of Persian Manuscripts at the British Library. Afterwards, he obtained a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of St. Andrews to take part the ERC funded project, “The Islamisation of Anatolia”. Since then, he has been working on literary patronage of Persian Literature in Iran and Anatolia, exploring the relationship between local rulers and the production of Persian Manuscripts in the medieval Persianate World. In September 2017, he has been awarded a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Iranian Studies (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna) where he will conduct research until August 2020.

Academic Qualifications

2007-2011. PhD Middle Eastern History, Pembroke College (University of Cambridge).

2004-2006. MA Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS (University of London).

1999-2004. BA History, University of Barcelona.

Teaching

Currently on Research Leave until 1st September 2020.

Recent and current research projects

2017-2020. ‘The Qutlughkhanids of Kerman (1222-1307)’ at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna, Austria). 

2013-2016. ‘The Islamisation of Anatolia’ at the University of St. Andrews. Principal Investigator Professor Andrew Peacock. (ERC starting Grant 284076). 

2011-2012. ‘Persian Manuscript Digitisation Project’ at the British Library. Project funded by the Iran Heritage foundation. 

Recent Work/Selected Work

Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017).

“The Role of the Domestic Sphere in the Islamisation of the Mongols” in A.C.S Peacock (ed.), Islamisation: Comparative perspectives from History (Edinburg: Edinburg University Press, 2017), pp. 353-376.

 [with Charles Melville] (eds). The Mongols’ Middle East: Continuity and Transformation in Ilkhanid Iran. (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

“The Queen of the Chaghataids: Orghīna Khātūn and the rule of Central Asia” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 26:1-2 (2016), pp. 107 – 120.

 [with Andrew Peacock and Sara Nuer Yildiz[ (eds), Islam and Christianity in Medieval Anatolia (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015).

The ladies of Rūm: A hagiographic view on women in the 13th and 14th century Anatolia” Journal of Sufi Studies 3:2 (2014), pp. 132–156.

 “Patrons or murids? Mongol women and shaykhs in Ilkhanid Iran and Anatolia” Iran: Journal of British Institute of Persian Studies 52 (2014), pp. 143-156.

 “Ruling from tents: the existence and structure of women’ ordos in Ilkhanid Iran” In by R. Hillenbrand, A. Peacock and F. Abdullaeva (eds.), Ferdowsi, The Mongols and Iranian History: Art, Literature and Culture from Early Islam to Qajar Persia. (London: IB Tauris, 2013), pp. 116-136.

 

Publications

Book

Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335
De Nicola, Bruno. 2017. Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474415477

Edited Book

The Mongols' Middle East: Continuity and Transformation in Ilkhanid Iran
De Nicola, Bruno and Melville, Charles, eds. 2016. The Mongols' Middle East: Continuity and Transformation in Ilkhanid Iran. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 9789004311992

Islam and Christianity in medieval Anatolia
Peacock, A C S; De Nicola, Bruno and Yildiz, Sara Nur, eds. 2015. Islam and Christianity in medieval Anatolia. Farnham (Surrey): Ashgate. ISBN 9781472448637

Reflections on knowledge and language in Middle Eastern societies
De Nicola, Bruno; Mendel, Yonatan and Qutbuddin, Husain, eds. 2010. Reflections on knowledge and language in Middle Eastern societies. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 1443824305

Book Section

The Role of the Domestic Sphere in the Islamisation of the Mongols
De Nicola, Bruno. 2017. The Role of the Domestic Sphere in the Islamisation of the Mongols. In: A.C.S. Peacock, ed. Islamisation: Comparative perspectives from History. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 353-376. ISBN 9781474417129

The Economic role of Mongol women: continuity and transformation from Mongolia to Iran
De Nicola, Bruno. 2016. The Economic role of Mongol women: continuity and transformation from Mongolia to Iran. In: Bruno De Nicola and Charles Melville, eds. The Mongols' Middle East: Continuity and Transformation in Ilkhanid Iran. 127 Leiden: Brill, pp. 79-105. ISBN 9789004311992

The Fusṭāṭ al-ʿadāla: a unique Manuscript on the Religious Landscape of Medieval Anatolia
De Nicola, Bruno. 2015. The Fusṭāṭ al-ʿadāla: a unique Manuscript on the Religious Landscape of Medieval Anatolia. In: A.C.S. Peacock and Sara Nur Yildiz, eds. Literature and Intellectual Life in Islamic Anatolia in the 14th-15th Centuries: Historical, Social and Political Perspectives. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, pp. 49-72. ISBN 9783956501579

Introduction
De Nicola, Bruno; Mendel, Yonatan and Qutbbudin, Hussein. 2010. Introduction. In: Bruno De Nicola; Yonatan Mendel and Hussein Qutbbudin, eds. Knowledge and Language in Middle Eastern Societies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 1-10. ISBN 1443824305

Article

The Islamic book in the Digital Age: Reflexions on the application of Digital Humanities to Islamic manuscripts
De Nicola, Bruno. 2018. The Islamic book in the Digital Age: Reflexions on the application of Digital Humanities to Islamic manuscripts. Kodex. Jahrbuch der Internationalen Buchwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft, 7,

On the outskirts of the Ilkhanate: the Mongols’ relationship with the province of Kastamonu in the second half of the 13th century
De Nicola, Bruno. 2017. On the outskirts of the Ilkhanate: the Mongols’ relationship with the province of Kastamonu in the second half of the 13th century. Journal of Ankara Studies, ISSN 2147-8724

The Queen of the Chaghataids: Orghīna Khātūn and the rule of Central Asia
De Nicola, Bruno. 2016. The Queen of the Chaghataids: Orghīna Khātūn and the rule of Central Asia. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 26(1-2), pp. 107-120. ISSN 1356-1863

Book review of Reuven Amitai, Holy war and rapprochement: Studies in the relations between the Mamluk Sultanate and the Mongol Ilkhanate (1260-1335)
De Nicola, Bruno. 2015. Book review of Reuven Amitai, Holy war and rapprochement: Studies in the relations between the Mamluk Sultanate and the Mongol Ilkhanate (1260-1335). Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques, 30, pp. 84-85.

The ladies of Rūm: A hagiographic view on women in the 13th and 14th century Anatolia
De Nicola, Bruno. 2014. The ladies of Rūm: A hagiographic view on women in the 13th and 14th century Anatolia. Journal of Sufi Studies, 3(2), pp. 132-156. ISSN 2210-5948

Patrons or murids? Mongol women and shaykhs in Ilkhanid Iran and Anatolia
De Nicola, Bruno. 2014. Patrons or murids? Mongol women and shaykhs in Ilkhanid Iran and Anatolia. Iran: Journal of British Institute of Persian Studies, 52(1), pp. 143-156. ISSN 0578-6967

Book review of Judith Pfeiffer (ed.), Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th-15th Century Tabriz
De Nicola, Bruno. 2014. Book review of Judith Pfeiffer (ed.), Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th-15th Century Tabriz. Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques, 29, pp. 137-138.

Book review of Konrad Hirschler, Medieval Arabic Historiography. Authors as Actors.
De Nicola, Bruno. 2010. Book review of Konrad Hirschler, Medieval Arabic Historiography. Authors as Actors. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 37(2), pp. 209-210. ISSN 1353-0194

Book review of Hugh Kennedy. The Great Arab Conquest: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World we live in
De Nicola, Bruno. 2009. Book review of Hugh Kennedy. The Great Arab Conquest: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World we live in. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 36(2), pp. 316-317. ISSN 1353-0194

Las mujeres mongolas en los siglos XII y XIII. Un análisis sobre el rol de la madre y la esposa de Ghinggis Khan
De Nicola, Bruno. 2008. Las mujeres mongolas en los siglos XII y XIII. Un análisis sobre el rol de la madre y la esposa de Ghinggis Khan. Acta Histórica et Arqueológica Medievalia, 27/28, pp. 37-64.

Book review of George Lane, Daily Life in the Mongol Empire
De Nicola, Bruno. 2008. Book review of George Lane, Daily Life in the Mongol Empire. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 71(1), pp. 139-141. ISSN 0041-977X

Baixem de les tarimes i connectem: Recerca en Història Medieval i innovació docent
De Nicola, Bruno and et, al.. 2003. Baixem de les tarimes i connectem: Recerca en Història Medieval i innovació docent. Acta Historica et Archeologicae Medievalia, 25, pp. 977-1003.